rudy ricciotti architecte: musée jean cocteau
‘musée jean cocteau’ by rudy ricciotti architecte, menton, france image © eric duliere all images courtesy rudy ricciotti architecte
french practice rudy ricciotti architecte has completed the ‘musée jean cocteau’, a museum dedicated to the career of jean cocteau, a french artist, poet, and playwriter positioned within his hometown in menton, france. the featured exhibits were contributed by philanthropist severin wunderman, who donated his entire personal collection to the initiative, including 990 original works within a total amalgamation of 1800 pieces from other artists within his circle. recently inaugurated, the 2,700 square meter building contains drawings, paintings, ceramics, tapestries, manuscripts and projections of his films within galleries which overlook the adjacent ligurian sea.
entrance to veranda image © olivier amsellem
placed upon a triangular site, a transparent box is concealed within a fragmented shell, evoking the nature of the elusive artwork inside. reading as a monolithic form, the concrete exterior is comprised of a structural roof which extends beyond the building and begins to merge with lines of columns placed outside the glass facade, creating a veranda which wraps around the entire perimeter. undulating cuts have been incised into the thick roof plane, yielding skylights which venture into the ceiling of the gallery spaces. a library will catalogue additional resources while a coffee shop will be accessible to both visitors and residents of the city with a pergola for outdoor seating.
voids between columns and roof beams introduce striated natural daylight into the interior image © olivier amsellem
columns and beams create a rhythmic facade expression image © olivier amsellem
glass windows mirrors concrete structure image © olivier amsellem
columns meet roof beams at 90 degree angle image © olivier amsellem
corner detail image © olivier amsellem
concrete structure is reflected within the facade image © olivier amsellem
glass meeting the roof plane image © olivier amsellem
glass facade encloses the interior image © olivier amsellem
curves of structure reflected within glass facade image © olivier amsellem
upward view within the wrap around veranda image © olivier amsellem
(left) lighting quality within veranda (right) void between structure and glass facade images © olivier amsellem
glass skylights created by the concrete superstructure image © olivier amsellem
(left) striated shadows within the space (right) view to the sea images © olivier amsellem
(left) interior gallery spaces (right) outward views framed by concrete columns images © olivier amsellem
aerial view image © olivier amsellem
entrance under construction
roof with skylights
aerial of building while under construction
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designed to provide a safe refuge for hikers, the small timber construction is built on the mountain top at 2908 meters above sea level.
in an aesthetic dialogue, a second lighter volume complements the dark facade and imposes itself as an urban landmark.
the diagonal lines of the extended roof plane are designed to shield the interior space from direct sunlight.
the images illustrate the composition of the house, where the original wooden structure sits on top of its more recently built foundation.